Former UGA golfer Harris English is the fifth PGA Tour golfer to test positive for COVID-19 since the Tour restarted three weeks ago.
The PGA revealed the news in a press release on late Monday, with English issuing a statement:
“While it’s disappointing to receive this news, as I feel healthy, I’m pleased that the new safety protocols we have in place worked this week. I fully support the Tour’s new rule of not allowing anyone on the tournament grounds until testing negative, as protecting others in the field and everyone affiliated with the tournament in the community should be the number one priority as a result of a positive test. I appreciate the tour support and I look forward to competing again after I’m fully recovered.”
English, who is a two-time winner on the Tour, has subsequently withdrawn from this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The PGA Tour implemented a new rule that players must await a negative COVID-19 test result before being allowed on tournament grounds after Nick Watney, the first Tour player to test positive after the Tour’s restart June 11, interacted with other players while awaiting a test result, per Golfweek’s JuliaKate E. Culpepper.
Harris, 30, played golf at UGA and graduated in 2011 with a business degree.
The PGA Tour’s return to play is being examined by all other sports leagues, including college football.